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Famous June Birthdays!

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A month full of birthdays, a month full of names!

Marilyn Monroe June 1st

Marilyn Monroe
June 1st

June 1st – Marilyn Monroe
Norma Jeane Mortenson – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 1, 1926.
An iconic stage name.  With a generation or Marilyn’s now becoming grandmother’s and great-grandmother’s, I wonder if we’ll see this name used to honor. Marilyn is a comibination of the names Mary and Lynn.

June 2nd – Wentworth Miller
Wentworth Earl Miller III – Actor, born in England on June 2, 1972.
Wentworth as an Old English surname that may possibly mean winter enclosure or pale man’s estate.  Wentworth sounds like the name of a nobleman to me.

June 3rd – Anderson Cooper
Anderson Hays Cooper – Journalist, born in the U.S. on June 3, 1967.
A handsome, Scandinavian name meaning son of Anders. A name on the rise, Anderson was given his name years before it picked up in popularity.

June 4th – Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie Pitt Voight – Actor and Activist, born in the U.S. on June 4, 1975.
Angelina is a variation of the name Angelina meaning angel.  A lovely, feminine name, perfect for a baby born around Christmas.

June 5th – Pete Wentz
Peter “Pete” Lewis Kingston Wentz III – Musician, born in the U.S. on June 5, 1979.
I love the many literary ties to the name Peter. Peter is a Greek name meaning rock.  There are several cool variations of Peter, Petros being one of my personal favorites.

Diego Velazquez June 6th

Diego Velazquez
June 6th

June 6th – Diego Velázquez
Diego Rodríguez de Silva y Velázquez – Painter, born in Spain on June 6, 1599.
Diego is a Spanish form of the name James, meaning supplanter. At #129 in popularity, Diego is as usable today as it was in 1599 Spain when Velázquez was born.

June 7th – Anne McClain
Anne Charlotte McClain – Astronaut, born in the U.S. on June 7, 1979.
A simple, timeless, and classic name.  Anne is French from a Hebrew name meaning grace.  I enjoy many variations of Anne, from Anwen, to Annabelle.

June 8th – Julianna Margulies
Julianna Luisa Margulies – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 8, 1966.
Julianna is one of the many popular “Jule” names, Latin in origin, meaning youthful. Currently #185 in popularity, Julianna has been in the top 200 since 2006.

June 9th – Natalie Portman
Neta-Lee Hershlag – Actor, born in Israel on June 9, 1981.
Natalie is a popular name, currently #23 in the U.S. A French form of the name Natalia, Natalie means born on Christmas day.  

June 10th – Shane West
Shane West Snaith – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 10, 1978.
Shane is a variation of the name Sean, meaning God is gracious.  In recent years we’ve seen the name Shane used for girls as well as boys.

Shia LeBeouf June 11th

Shia LeBeouf
June 11th

June 11th – Shia LeBeouf
Shia Saide LeBeouf – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 11, 1986.
There are many different possible meanings of the name Shia.  It may possibly be an Arabic or Hebrew name meaning follower or gift.

June 12th – Adriana Lima
Adriana Francesca Lima – Model, born in Brazil on June 12, 1981.
Adriana is a feminine form of the Latin name Adrian, meaning of Adria.  Adriana is one of the many beloved feminine names that end and begin with the letter A.

June 13th – Malcolm McDowell
Malcom John Taylor – Actor, born in England on May 13, 1943.
Malcolm is a handsome Scottish name. Most popular in 1928 and least popular in 2007, Malcolm is currently #442 in popularity.

June 14th – Lucy Hale
Karen Lucille Hale – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 14, 1989.
Lucy is a darling little name meaning light. Lucy is on the rise, up 141 spots in the past 10 years.  Lucy is much more popular in almost every other English speaking country.

June 15th – Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 15, 1973.
Neil is an Irish name meaning cloud.  Isn’t that a sweet meaning? Neil and his husband, David Burtka seem to be namer’s to be.  They named their twins Gideon Scott and Harper Grace.

June 16th – Sidney Fullmer
Sidney Fullmer – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 16, 2000.
Sidney is a French unisex name meaning Saint Dennis.  Sidney is #915 for girls in the U.S., much less popular than Sydney at #109.

Paulina Rubio June 17th

Paulina Rubio
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June 17th – Paulina Rubio
Paulina Susana Rubio Rue – Signer and Host, born in Mexico on June 17, 1971.
Paulina is a Spanish form of the name Paul, meaning small. Paulina shares her name with model Paulina Porizkova.

June 18th – Blake Shelton
Blake Tollison Shelton – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 18, 1976.
Blake is an Old English surname meaning someone with dark or fair hair. A unisex name, Blake is #84 for boys and #589 for girls in the U.S.

June 19th – Lou Gehrig
Henry Louis “Lou” Gehrig – American Baseball player, born in the U.S. on June 19, 1903.
Louis a French and German name used by royals throughout history.  Fittingly, Louis means renowned warrior. There are many cool variations of the name Louis, from Ludwig to Luis.

June 20th – Lionel Richie
Lionel Brockman Richie Jr.  – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 20, 1949.
My favorite thing about Lionel, a Latin name, is that it means young lion.  How fun is that? Lionel Hardcastle was the name of a beloved character on the show As Time Goes By played by Geoffrey Palmer.

June 21st – Prince William
William Arthur Philip Louis – Duke of Cambridge, born in England on June 21, 1982.
William is a popular English name meaning resolute protection. Last month the world watched as William and Kate welcomed daughter Charlotte Elizabeth Diana.  She joins older brother George Alexander Louis.

Meryl Streep June 22nd

Meryl Streep
June 22nd

June 22nd – Meryl Streep
Mary Louise Steep – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 22, 1949.
In her case, a cool combination or play on her first and middle name, Meryl may also be derived from the Irish name Muriel, meaning “of the bright sea”.

June 23rd – Selma Blair
Selma Blair Beitner– Actor, born in the U.S. on June 23, 1972.
Selma is of unknown orgin.  It may be derived from the German name Anselm, meaning God’s helmet/protection. Selma may also have Arabic roots, a variation of Salma meaning peaceful protection.

June 24th – Mindy Kaling
Vera Mindy Chokalingam – Actor and Comedian, born in the U.S. on June 24, 1979.
Mindy is an English name which began as a nickname for Melinda. Mindy first entered the U.S. top 1,000 charts in 1950, peaking in 1979, and falling out of popularity in 1997 when it was last ranked.

George Orwell June 25th

George Orwell
June 25th

June 25th – George Orwell
Eric Arthur Blair – Writer, born in British India on June 25, 1903.
I find pen names to be fascinating.  It’s hard for me to imagine George Orwell as Eric Blair.  George is a widely used Greek name meaning farmer.

June 26th – Ariana Grande
Ariana Grane-Butera – Singer and Actor, born in the U.S. on June 26, 1993.
Ariana is an Italian form of the name Ariadne, meaning most holy. Ariana is a name quickly climbing the charts, up 17 spots in the last year alone.  Ariana is currently #37 in the U.S.

June 27th – Drake Bell
Jared Drake Bell – Actor, born in the U.S. on June 27, 1986.
When you hear the name Drake you may think of the singer, Drake who is widely known by his first name alone. Drake has old English and Norse roots meaning dragon.  Drake is also a word used to identify a male duck.

June 28th – Mel Brooks
Melvin “Mel” James Brooks (Kaminsky) – Producer and Comedian, born in the U.S. on June 28, 1926.
Melvin is a Scottish surname, possible derived from the name Melville.  Melvin may sound like a name from years past, but it’s currently #672 in popularity in the U.S.

Melora Hardin June 29th

Melora Hardin
June 29th

June 29th – Melora Hardin
Melora Diane – Actor, born in U.S. on June 29, 1967.
Melora sounds like a name straight from a name-lover’s fairytale. A Greek name, meaning golden apple, Melora has never been in the U.S> top 1,000.

June 30th – Cody Rhodes
Cody Garrett Runnels – Wrestler & Actor, born in U.S. on June 30, 1985.
Cody is an English name, meaning helpful or pillow. Cody peaked in the 1990’s, but is still used at #220 for boys in the U.S.

If you’re looking for some Notable Names for the month of June, check out my latest Nameberry Article!

A joyful June to you,
~Meagan

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Famous May Birthdays!

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A month full of birthdays, a month full of names!

May 1st – Jamie Dornan
James “Jamie” Dornan – Actor, born in Ireland on May 1, 1982.
James is a popular English name, meaning supplanter.  Traditionally a male name, we’re seeing more and more celebrities use the name James for their daughters first and middle names.

Dwayne Johnson "The Rock" May 2nd

Dwayne Johnson
“The Rock”
May 2nd

May 2nd – Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Douglas Johnson – Actor/Professional Wrestler, born in the United States on May 2, 1972.
Dwayne is a spelling variation of the name Duane or Ó Dubhán, an Irish surname meaning “swarthy”.  Johnson’s wrestling names is “The Rock”.

May 3rd – Poppy Delevingne
Poppy Angela Delevingne – Model/Socialite born in England on May 3, 1986.
Poppy is a cheerful flower name, rarely used in the United States, though popular in most other English speaking countries.

May 4th – Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Kathleen Hepburn – Actor, born in Belgium on May 4, 1929.
Audrey is an English name meaning noble strength.  A lovely name with the classy association to Hepburn, Audrey is now more popular in the U.S. than ever before.

May 5th – Danielle Fishel
Danielle Christine Fishel – Actor, born in the United States on May 5, 1981.
Anyone Boy Meets World fans? Danielle is a female form of the Hebrew name Daniel, meaning God is my judge.

George Clooney May 6th

George Clooney
May 6th

May 6th – George Clooney
George Timothy Clooney – Actor, born in the United States on May 6, 1961.
George is a Greek name meanings farmer. George is the name of politicians, literary characters, and a little prince.

May 7th – Eva Perón
María Eva Duarte de Perón– First lady of Argentina, born in Argentina on May 7, 1952.
Eva is a Latin form of the name Eve meaning life. Eva is rising in popularity, though still not quite as popular as Ava.

May 8th – Enrique Iglesias
Enrique Miguel Iglesias Preysler– Singer, born in Spain on May 8, 1975.
Enrique is a Spanish form of the German name Henry, meaning “estate ruler”. Enrique is also the first name of singer Ricky Martin.

Rosario Dawson May 9th

Rosario Dawson
May 9th

May 9th – Rosario Dawson
Rosario Dawson – Actor, born in the United States on May 9, 1979.
Rosario is a unisex name meaning rosary. In Spanish Rosario is feminine and in Italian Rosario is masculine.

May 10th – Kenan Thompson
Kenan Thompson – Actor/Comedian, born in the United States on May 10, 1978.
Kenan is a spelling variation of the Irish name Cianán, meaning ancient.  In the U.S. the spelling Keenan is most popular.

May 11th – Sabrina Carpenter
Sabrina Ann Lynn Carpenter – Actor/Singer, born in the United States on May 11, 1999.
The name Sabrina comes from the Welsh River Sevren.  Sabrina may remind you of the character Sabrina Fairchild or of Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

Florence Nightingale May 12th

Florence Nightingale
May 12th

May 12th – Florence Nightingale
Florence Nightingale – Scientist, born in Italy on May 12, 1910.
Isn’t Nightingale a romantic surname? Florence is a place name and a Latin name meaning flourishing. Could Florence be the next old-fashioned name to make a comeback?

May 13th – Darius Rucker
Darius Carlos Rucker – Musician, born in the United States on May 13, 1966.
Darius is a Greek form of a Persian name meaning to possess well. Darius was the name of several ancient Persian kings.

May 14th – Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Zuckerberg – CEO of Facebook, born in the United States on May 14, 1984.
Mark is a Latin name meaning warlike. One of the most notable Mark’s, Mark Twain, was born Samuel Clemens.

May 15th – Zara Phillips
Zara Anne Elizabeth Phillips – Royalty, born in England on May 15, 1981.
Zara may be an English form of the name Zaïre, or Arabic from Zahra meaning Princess. Zara is also the name of a popular clothing store.

Pierce Brosnan

Pierce Brosnan

May 16th – Pierce Brosnan
Pierce Brendan Brosnan – Actor, born in Ireland on May 16, 1953.
Pierce is an English name meaning son of Piers.  I think Pierce makes for a strong, one-syllable middle name.

May 17th – Tessa Virtue
Tessa Jane McCormick Virtue – Ice Dancer, born in Canada on May 17, 1989.
Tessa is a spunky name that originated as a nickname for the name Theresa, meaning to reap.  Tessa has steadily been rising on my own favorites list.

May 18th – Spencer Breslin
Spencer Breslin – Actor, born in the United States on May 18, 1992.
Spencer is an English name meaning house steward.  Recently we’ve seen more and more girls named Spencer as well.

May 19th – Sam Smith
Samuel Frederick Smith – Singer, born in England on May 19, 1992.
Samuel is a timeless Hebrew name meaning told by God.  Both Samuel and Samantha have been quite popular.  Samson and Samara could be great alternatives and ways to get to the nickname Sam.

Cher May 20th

Cher
May 20th

May 20th – Cher
Cherilyn Sarkisian– Singer/Actor, born in the United States on May 20, 1946.
Cherilyn and Cher are derived from the name Cheryl, a French form of Cherie meaning darling.  Cher is an iconic name strongly associated with this performer.

May 21st – Fairuza Balk
Fairuza Alejandra Feldthouse– Actor, born in the United States on May 21, 1974.
Fairuza is a Turkish/Arabic name meaning turquoise.  Fairuza was given her name because of her deep blue green eyes.

May 22nd – Apolo Ohno
Apolo Anton Ohno – Speed Skater, born in the United States on May 22, 1982.
Apolo is a variation of Apollo, a Greek mythological name. Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale used the name Apollo for one of their sons.

May 23rd – Drew Carey
Drew Allison Carey – Host/Comedian, born in the United States on May 23, 1958.
Drew began as a nickname for Andrew, though Drew Carey’s full first name is Drew.  Drew means strong and manly.

Queen Victoria May 24th

Queen Victoria
May 24th

May 24th – Queen Victoria
Alexandrina Victoria – Royalty, born in England on May 24, 1819.
The Victorian era was name for this long reigning queen.  Victoria is a timeless name meaning victory.

May 25th – Sir Ian McKellen
Sir Ian Murray McKellen – Actor, born in England on May 25, 1939.
Ian is a Scottish version of the name John, meaning God is gracious.  Ian packs a big punch for a small name.

May 26th – Helena Bonham Carter
Helena Bonham Carter – Actor, born in England on May 26, 1966.
Helena is a Latinate form of the Greek name Helen, meaning bright and shining.  Helena was named for her mother Elena.

May 27th – Paul Bettany
Paul Bettany – Actor, born in England on May 27, 1971.
Paul is a Latin name meaning small. Vin Diesel recently named his daughter Pauline in honor of late actor Paul Walker.

Kylie Minogue May 28th

Kylie Minogue
May 28th

May 28th – Kylie Minogue
Kylie Ann Minogue – Singer/Actor, born in Australia on May 28, 1968.
Kylie, with this spelling, is an aboriginal name meaning boomerang.  A spunky name for the Australian singer.

May 29th – Noel Gallagher
Noel Thomas David Gallagher – Musician, born in England on May 29, 1967.
Noel is French in origin meaning Christmas.  A great name for a baby born in December but clearly usable for anytime of year!

May 30thIdina Menzel
Idina Kim Menzel – Singer/Actor, born in the United States on May 30, 1971.
Who knew Idina’s middle name was Kim? Idina is a variation of Edina, meaning from Edinburgh, Scotland.

May 31st – Clint Eastwood
Clinton “Clint” Eastwood Jr. – Actor, born in the United States on May 31, 1930.
Clinton is an English name meaning hilltop town.  The name Clinton dipped in popularity while President Clinton was in term, but it’s steadily climbing again in popularity.

Happy May!
~Meagan

Famous April Birthdays!

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A month full of birthdays, a month full of names!

April 1st – Asa Butterfield
Asa Maxwell Thornton Farr Butterfield– Actor, born in England on April 1, 1997.
Asa is a short but sweet, Hebrew, palindrome name, meaning “born in the morning”. P.S. How cool is Asa Butterfield’s full name?

Emmylou Harris April 2nd

Emmylou Harris
April 2nd

April 2nd – Emmylou Harris
Emmylou Harris– Singer-songwriter, born in the United States on April 2, 1947.
Emmylou is a sweet, wholesome-sounding, smush of a name.  I picture it on a darling little pigtailed girl in gingham.

April 3rd – Alec Baldwin
Alexander Rae “Alec” Baldwin III– Actor, born in the United States on April 3, 1958.
Alec is one of the many cool nicknames that come from the Greek name Alexander, meaning “defending men”.

April 4th – Maya Angelou
Marguerite Annie Johnson– Activist and Writer, born in the United States on April 4, 1928.
Maya’s name came about from her little brother calling her, “my-uh sister”. Maya is Hebrew name, meaning “water”.

April 5th – Booker T. Washington
Booker Taliaferro Washington– Activist and Writer, born in the United States on April 5, 1856.
Booker is an English surname and occupational name, meaning “scribe”.  Booker is seldom used, though I think it would fit in well among the -er ending names that are currently trending.

April 6th – Candace Cameron Bure
Candace Cameron Helaine Bure– Actor, born in the United States on April 6, 1976.
Candace is a Latin name, meaning “white and pure”.  Candace has three children with pretty cool names – Natasha, Lev, and Maksim.

Russell Crowe April 7th

Russell Crowe
April 7th

April 7th – Russell Crowe
Russell Ira Crowe – Actor, born in New Zealand on April 7, 1964.
Russell is a French name with the fun meaning, “fox-colored”, reffering to someone with red hair.

April 8th – Gabriella Wilde
Gabriella Zanna Vanessa Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe – Model and Actor, born in England on April 6, 1989.
I love a big grand name.  Check out those middle names.  Gabriella is an Italian feminine form of Gabriel, meaning “God is my strength”.

April 9th – Leighton Meester
Leighton Marissa Meester – Actor and Singer, born in the United States on April 9, 1986.
Leighton Meester definitely gave this previously rare name a boost in popularity.  Currently #541 for girls, Leighton is an English name meaning “meadows town”.

April 10th – Orlando Jones
Orlando Jones – Actor and Comedian, born in the United States on April 10, 1968.
Orlando is an Italian form of the name Roland, meaning “famous throughout the land”. A Shakespearean name and a name shared by fellow actor, Orlando Bloom.

April 11th – Alessandra Ambrosio
Alessandra Corine Ambrosio – Model, born in Brazil on April 11, 1981.
A beautiful Italian form of the name Alexandra.  Alessandra has a slightly exotic, distinctly feminine sound, meaning “defender of man”.

Saoirse Ronan April 12th

Saoirse Ronan
April 12th

April 12th – Saoirse Ronan
Saoirse Úna Ronan – Actor, born in the United States (to Irish parents, and raised in Ireland) on April 12, 1994.
Saoirse Ronan is Aléna (one of my fellow name sisters’) favorite actors.  I love all three of her names. Saoirse is an Irish Gaelic name meaning “freedom”.  A great name with a wonderful meaning.

April 13th – Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson – Politician, born in the United States on April 13, 1743.
The perfect name for a twin, Thomas is a classic Aramaic name, meaning “twin”.  At #61 in popularity, Thomas is as usable now as it was in 1743.

April 14th – Abigail Breslin
Abigail Kathleen Breslin – Actor, born in the United States on April 14, 1996.
A lovable Puritan and Biblical name. Abigail is a Hebrew name, meaning “my father is joyful”.

April 15th – Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci– Polymath, born in Italy on April 15, 1743.
Leonardo is a handsome Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese form of the name Leonard, meaning “brave lion”.   I love the da Vinci tie and the nickname Leo.

April 16th – Martin Lawrence
Martin Fitzgerald Lawrence – Actor and Comedian, born in Germany (raised in the United States) on April 16, 1965.
There are many great men named Martin, including Martin Luther King, whom Lawrence was named for.  Martin is a Latin name, meaning “warlike”

Victoria Beckham April 17th

Victoria Beckham
April 17th

April 17th – Victoria Beckham
Victoria Caroline Beckham – Singer & Designer, born in England on April 17, 1974.
A timeless, classic Latin name, meaning “victory”. Many Victoria’s go by Tori or Vicky. Lately I’ve loved the idea of Rory as a nickname for Victoria.

April 18th – Conan O’Brien
Conan Christopher O’Brien – Comedian and Host, born in the United States on April 18, 1963.
So many Irish names have delightful meanings.  Conan means, “little wolf”.  How precious is that?

April 19th – James Franco
James Edward Franco – Actor and Artist, born in the United States on April 19, 1978.
James is  an English name, meaning “supplanter”.  Traditionally a male name, James is #13 for boys in the U.S.  The name James received a lot of attention last month, when it was revealed that Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively used the name James for their little girl.

April 20th – Miranda Kerr
Miranda May Kerr – Model, born in Australia on April 20, 1983.
Miranda is a Shakespearean name, meaning “wonderful”.  The name Miranda is derived from the Latin word mirandus.

April 21st – Queen Elizabeth II
Elizabeth Alexandra Mary– Queen, born in England on April 21, 1926.
If there’s one name that has stood the test of time, Elizabeth would be it.  Wildly popular since names have been recorded, Elizabeth is Hebrew, meaning “God is my oath”.

Jack Nicholson April 22nd

Jack Nicholson
April 22nd

April 22nd – Jack Nicholson
John Joseph “Jack” Nicholson – Actor, born in the United States on April 22, 1937.
While Jack is popular in its own right now, it started off as a nickname for John, a Hebrew name, meaning “God is gracious”.

April 23rd – Shirley Temple
Shirley Temple Black – Actor, born in the United States on April 23, 1928.
I’d love to see this sweet, old timey name make a comeback. Shirley is an English name, meaning “bright meadow”.  I also love the Anne Shirley association.

April 24th – Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Brianne Clarkson – Singer, born in the United States on April 24, 1982.
Kelly is an anglicized Irish surname, meaning “war”.  Originally more popular for boys, Kelly became popular for girls about 30 years ago.  I could see this name being used again for boys in coming years.

April 25th – Al Pacino
Alfredo James “Al” Pacino – Actor, born in the United States on April 25, 1940.
Alfredo is an Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese form of the name Alfred. Alfred is an old English name meaning “wise counsel”. Al, Alfie, Freddie, Fredo.. there are many nicknames that can come from this name.

April 26th – Channing Tatum
Channing Matthew Tatum – Actor, born in the United States on April 26, 1980.
Channing is an English name that may possibly mean, “wolf cub”.  I think both the names Channing and Tatum have been given a bit of a boost in popularity because of this actor.

April 27th – Jenna Coleman
Jenna-Louise Coleman – Actor, born in England on April 27, 1986.
Jenna is a spunky variation of the name Jennifer, meaning “white wave, or white shadow”.  I wonder if the similar sounding, but less popular name Jessa will take off given the popularity of the Duggar family.

Jorge Garcia April 28th

Jorge Garcia
April 28th

April 28th – Jorge Garcia
Jorge Garcia – Actor, born in the United States on April 28, 1973.
Jorge is a popular Spanish form of the name George, meaning “supplanter”. Jorge is #207 in popularity for boys in the U.S.

April 29th – Jerry Seinfeld
Jerome Allen “Jerry” Seinfeld – Actor and Comedian, born in the United States on April 29, 1954.
Jerome is a Greek name, meaning “sacred name”. A pretty cool name for a name lover.  There are many great men named Jerome, my favorite being author J.D. Salinger.

April 30th – Kirsten Dunst
Kirsten Caroline Dunst – Actor, born in the United States on April 30, 1982.
Kirsten is a Norwegian and Danish form of Christina, meaning “anointed”. This name will forever remind me of the American Girl Doll Kirsten Larson, which I adored as a child.

Happy April!
~Meagan

Famous March Birthdays!

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A month full of birthdays, a month full of names!

March 1st – Jensen Ackles
Jensen Ross Ackles – Actor, born in the United States on March 1, 1978.
Jensen is a twist on the Scandinavian name Jenson, meaning “son of Jens”. A wonderful name to use to honor a Jennifer.
A great day to be born, Jensen and I share the same Birthday.

Bryce Dallas Howard March 2nd

Bryce Dallas Howard
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March 2nd – Bryce Dallas Howard
Bryce Dallas Howard – Actor, born in the United States on March 2, 1981.
Bryce comes from the Scottish surname Brice, meaning “speckled, freckled”.  Not currently in the top 1,000 for girls, Bryce is #117 for boys in the U.S.

March 3rd – Camila Cabello
Karla Camila Cabello Estrabao– Singer, born in Cuba on March 3, 1997.
A Spanish and Portuguese form of Camilla, Camila has Latin roots meaning “young ceremonial attendant”.  At #39 for girls in the U.S. Camila is a name on the rise.

March 4th – Erin Heatherton
Erin Heather Bubley  – Model, born in the United States on March 4, 1989.
Erin is an Irish name derived from the name Éireann meaning “Ireland”.  I love to see celebrities given names.  Erin Bubley and Erin Heatherton have completely different vibes.

March 5th – Joel Osteen
Joel Scott Osteen  – Preacher and Author, born in the United States on March 5, 1963.
Joel is a Hebrew name, meaning “Jehovah is God”.  Currently #144 in the U.S. Joel also makes for a great, easy to pair middle name.

Connie Britton March 6th

Connie Britton
March 6th

March 6th – Connie Britton
Constance Elaine Britton  – Actor & Singer, born in the United States on March 6, 1967.
Whatever happened to the name Constance? Could it be the next vintage revival?  Constance is a medieval form of Constantia, meaning “steadfast, constant”.

March 7th – Peter Sarsgaard
John Peter Sarsgaard  – Actor, born in the United States on March 7, 1971.
Peter is a Greek name, meaning “rock”.  Currently #208 in the U.S.  I love the many literary associations to this classic name!

March 8th – Boris Kodjoe
Boris Frederic Cecil Tay-Natey Ofuatey-Kodjoe– Actor & Model, born in Austria on March 8, 1973.
Boris is a Slavic name, popular in Russia with multiple meanings, including “snow leopard”, “short”, “wolf”, or “fight”.  Boris Kodjoe has quite the name, huh?

Raúl Juliá March 9th

Raúl Juliá
March 9th

March 9th – Raúl Juliá
Raúl Rafael Juliá y Arcelay– Actor, born in Puerto Rico on March 9, 1940.
Raúl is a handsome Spanish/Portuguese variation of the name Ralph, meaning “wolf counsel”. At #409 in popularity, Raul makes for a usable name with a slightly exotic sound. Raoul is another great variation of this name.

March 10th – Carrie Underwood
Carrie Marie Underwood– Singer, born in the United States on March 10, 1983.
Carrie is a diminutive of the name Caroline, meaning “free man”.  The rise of the name Carly coincided with the decline of the name Carrie.

March 11th – Ainsley Bailey
Ainsley Bailey– Actor, born in the United States on March 11, 1992.
Ainsley is a Scottish surname and placename, meaning “field”, “hermitage”, or “Anne’s field”. A unisex name, Ainsley is more  popular for girls at #322.

Liza Minnelli March 12th

Liza Minnelli
March 12th

March 12th – Liza Minnelli
Liza May Minnelli– Actor & Singer, born in the United States on March 12, 1946.
“It’s Liza with a ‘Z’, not Lisa with a ‘S’.  Liza is a diminutive of the name Elizabeth, meaning “pledged to God”. Liza Minnelli was named after a Gershwin song.

March 13th – Emile Hirsch
Emile Davenport Hirsh– Actor, born in the United States on March 13, 1985.
Emile is a French form of the Latin name Emil, meaning “rival”.  It’s interesting to me how Emile/Emil is so underused in comparison to the wildly popular Emily.

Ansel Elgort March 14th

Ansel Elgort
March 14th

March 14th – Ansel Elgort
Ansel Elgort– Actor, born in the United States on March 14, 1994.
Ansel may have old French roots meaning “follower of nobleman”.  It may also come from a German name, Anselm, meaning “god, protection”.  A famous bearer of this names is photographer Ansel Adams, whom Elgort was named after.

March 15th – Eva Longoria
Eva Jacqueline Longoria– Actor, born in the United States on March 15, 1975.
Eva is a lovely Latin variation of the Hebrew name Eve, meaning “life”. At #88 Eva is a popular name, but still not as popular as Ava, which is #4.

March 16th – Victor Garber
Victor Joseph Garber– Actor, born in the United States on March 16, 1949.
Victor is a strong Latin name meaning, “a victor, or conqueror”. Currently #142 for boys in the U.S.  Garber shared his first name with writer Victor Hugo.

March 17th – Nat King Cole
Nathaniel Adams Cole– Musician, born in the United States on March 17, 1919.
Most Nathaniel’s now go by the nickname Nate or Nathan.  Nat is another great nickname or diminutive of Nathaniel, a Hebrew name meaning “gift of God”.

Sutton Foster March 18th

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March 18th – Sutton Foster
Sutton Lenore Foster– Actor & Singer, born in the United States on March 18, 1975.
Sutton Foster sounds cool enough to be a stage name, however this is her given name.  Sutton is an English name, meaning “from the Southern homestead”, currently #832 for girls in the U.S.  I think Sutton makes for a really cool middle name.

March 19th –Ursula Andress
Ursula Andress– Actor, born in Switzerland on March 19, 1936.
Ursula may remind you of the villainous octopus-lady in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. That association aside, Ursula is a Latin name with a cute meaning, “little female bear”.

March 20th – Chester Bennington
Chester Charles Bennington– Musician, born in the United States on March 20, 1976.
Chester comes from a surname, meaning “fortress, or walled town”.  Chester fell out of popularity int he 90’s.  Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson have a son named Chester.

March 21st Matthew Broderick
Matthew Broderick– Actor, born in the United States on March 21, 1962.
Matthew is a Hebrew name, meaning “gift of God”.  A well loved name, Matthew has been in the top 100 since the late 1950’s and is currently #15 in the U.S.

Reese Witherspoon March 22nd

Reese Witherspoon
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March 22nd – Reese Witherspoon
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon – Actor, born in the United States on March 22, 1976.
Laura is a familiar name, meaning “bay laurel”.  Interestingly, Reese a Welsh name, meaning “ardor”, has now surpassed Laura in popularity.  The spike in popularity of Reese is no doubt due to Reese Witherspoon.

March 23rd – Joan Crawford
Lucille Fay LeSueur– Actor, born in the United States on March 23, 1904 (some sources list her birth year as 1905, 1906, and 1908 as well).
Joan Crawford was credited in her first works as Lucille LeSueur.  Pete smith of MGM worried her name sounded made up and had a “Name the star” contest in which readers selected Joan Crawford. Joan means, “God is gracious”.

March 24th – Harry Houdini
Erik Weisz– Illusionist, born in Hungary on March 24, 1874.
Houdini also went by the names Elrich Weiss and Harry Weiss.  How cool and iconic is the name Houdini? Harry comes from the name Henry, meaning “estate ruler”.

Elton John March 25th

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March 25th – Elton John (Sir Elton Hercules John)
Reginald Kenneth Dwight – Musician, born in the England on March 25, 1947.
Elton Hercules is quite different from his birth name, Reginald Kenneth.  Elton is an English name, meaning “from the old town”.  Whenever I hear this name I immediately think of Elton John.

March 26th – Amy Smart
Amy Lysle Smart– Actor, born in the United States on March 26, 1976.
Amy was a top name in the 80’s and 90’s.  I think Amy will make a comeback in the next 10-15 years.  A French name, Amy means “beloved”.

March 27th – Pauley Perrette
Pauley Perrette – Actor, born in the United States on March 27, 1969.
Pauley has a fun alliterative name that matches her personality.  Pauley is a diminutive of name name Paul, meaning “small”.

March 28th – Vince Vaughn
Vincent Anthony Vaughn– Actor, born in the United States on March 28, 1970.
Vincent is a strong Latin name, meaning “conqueror”. A popular name in the middle ages, there are many Saints that bear this commanding name.

Lucy Lawless March 29th

Lucy Lawless
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March 29th – Lucy Lawless
Lucille Frances Lawless– Actor, born in New Zealand on March 29, 1968.
Lucille is a lovely, old French name meaning “light”. Lucy is a sweet nickname coming from names such as Lucille and Lucia. The name Lucy on it’s own is climbing the charts, currently #66.

March 30th – Piers Morgan
Piers Stefan O’Meara – Journalist & TV Host, born in England on March 30, 1965.
Piers was the first used English version of Peter.  A Greek name, meaning “rock”, Piers is rarely used in the U.S.

March 31st – Shirley Jones
Shirley Mae Jones– Singer & Actor, born in the United States on March 31, 1934.
Surely the name Shirley is due for a comeback! I think it would fit in well with many vintage girls names that have been trending.  An English name, meaning “bright meadow”, I love the association to the literary character Anne Shirley.

Famous February Birthdays

febbadyA month full of birthdays, a month full of names!

February 1st – Heather Morris
Heather Elizabeth Morris – Actor and Dancer, born in the United States on February 1, 1987.
Heather is a botanical name and the title of the 80’s cult classic film Heathers.

February 2nd – Shakira
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripol – Singer, born in Colombia on February 2, 1977.
Shakira is an Arabic name, meaning “woman of grace”.  Shakira is one of those iconic names, like Beyonce or Oprah, that needs no last name.

February 3rd – Warwick Davis
Warwick Ashley Davis – Actor, born in England on February 3, 1970.
Warwick isn’t a name you hear everyday, is it? An old English surname, Warwick means “dairy farm”.

Rosa Parks Feb 4th

Rosa Parks
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February 4th – Rosa Parks
Rosa Louise McCauley Parks – Civil Rights Activist, born in the United States on February 4, 1913.
A lovely namesake, Rosa is a variation of Rose.  Rosa doubles as a color name, meaning “pink” in Spanish.

February 5th – Darren Criss
Darren Everett Criss – Actor and Musician, born in the United States on February 5, 1987.
Darren falls in the middle of the top 1,000 at #467 in the U.S.  An Irish name with the cute meaning, “little great one”.

February 6th – Babe Ruth
George Herman “Babe” Ruth Jr. – Baseball player, born in the United State on February 6, 1895.
Most of my generation learned Babe Ruth’s name whilst watching The Sandlot. George is a classic Greek name, meaning “farmer”.

February 7th – Ashton Kutcher
Christopher Ashton Kutcher – Actor, born in the United States on February 7, 1978.
(Christopher) Ashton has a twin brother named Michael. I’ve seen this name used on both boys and girls. Ashton is an English name, meaning “ash trees place”.

Bethany Hamilton Feb 8th

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February 8th – Bethany Hamilton
Bethany Meilani Hamilton Dirks – Surfer, born in the United States on February 8, 1990.
Bethany has a very warm, friendly sound to me. Bethany is Hebrew and a Biblical place name that means, “house of figs”.

February 9th – Gypsy Rose Lee
Rose Louise Hovick – Burlesque dancer, born in the United States on February 9, 1911.
Rose, like Rosa is also a lovely flower name. Gypsy means “wanderer”, if you are brave enough to use it.

February 10th – George Stephanopoulos
George Robert Stephanopoulous – TV journalist, born in the United States on February 10, 1961.
Don’t you just love Greek surnames? I’m anxious to see the new name stats in May to see if the name George has risen since the birth of little Prince George.

February 11th – Damian Lewis
Damian Watcyn Lewis – Actor, born in England on February 11, 1971.
Damian used to be a name clouded by the association to the devil child in The Omen. Parents are now taking notice of this Greek name, meaning “to subdue”.

Abraham Lincoln Feb 12th

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February 12th – Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln – U.S. President, born in the United States on February 12, 1809.
In the Old Testament Abraham was originally named Abram. Abraham is a Hebrew name, meaning “father of many”.

February 13th – Stockard Channing
Susan Antonia Williams Channing – Actor, born in the United States on February 13, 1944.
Stockard Channing was ahead of her time in her choice of a stage name.  Stockard is an English name, meaning “tree stump”, much less common than Susan, which means “lily” and was very popular the year of Channing’s birth.

February 14th – Florence Henderson
Florence Agnes Henderson – Actor, born in the United States on February 14, 1934.
Florence is the name of a beautiful Italian city that doubles as a Latin name meaning, “flourishing, prosperous”.

February 15th – Greer Grammer
Kandace Greer Grammer – Actor, born in the United States on February 15, 1992.
I love Greer as a middle name.  Greer is derived from the Scottish name Gregor, meaning “watchful, alert”.

Sonny Bono Feb 16th

Sonny Bono
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February 16th – Sonny Bono
Salvatore Phillip “Sonny” Bono – Musician and Politician, born in the United States on February 16, 1935.
Salvatore feels like the name of a mysterious romantic man in a novel.  An Italian form of the name Salvador, Salvatore means “savior”.

February 17th – Paris Hilton
Paris Whitney Hilton – Socialite, born in the United States on February 17, 1981.
We had Florence, now we have Paris. A Shakespearean male name, Paris is a place name associated with love.

February 18th – Vanna White
Vanna Marie Rosich – TV Personality, born in the United States on February 18, 1957.
Vanna White is known for turning letters and for her iconic name. Vanna is a diminutive of many names such as Giovanna, Savannah, or Ivanna.

Benicio Del Toro Feb 19th

Benicio Del Toro
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February 19th – Benicio del Toro
Benicio Monserrate Rafael Del Toro Sánchez – Actor, born in Puerto Rico on February 19, 1967.
As a lover of “Ben names”, I have to say Benicio just oozes coolness.  A Spanish name, Benicio has the wonderful meaning, “blessed”.

February 20th – Kurt Cobain
Kurt Donald Cobain – Musician, born in the United States on February 10, 1967.
I’m surprised there weren’t more 90’s kids named after Cobain.  Kurt is a German name that stems from Kurtis or Conrad.

February 21st – Rue McClanahan
Eddi-Rue McClanahan – Actor, born in the United States on February 21, 1934. 
Today’s kids will recognize the name Rue from The Hunger Games trilogy.  Rue has a sweet little sound with the unfortunate meaning, “regret”

February 22nd – Drew Barrymore
Drew Blyth Barrymore – Actor and Producer, born in the United States on February 22, 1975
Drew is on my guilty pleasure list as a girls name all because of Ms. Barrymore. Drew comes from the name Andrew, meaning “strong and manly”.

Aziz Ansari Feb 23rd

Aziz Ansari
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February 23rd – Aziz Ansari
Aziz Ansari – Actor and Comedian, born in the United States on February 23, 1983.
The Z factor always gives names a cool edge to me. Aziz is an Arabic name, that I think wears well in the U.S., meaning “powerful and cherished”.

February 24th – Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Floyd Joy Sinclair – Boxer, born in the United States on February 24, 1977.
Floyd was a popular name about 100 years ago.  A Welsh name, meaning “gray”, Floyd has lost its luster in the U.S.

February 25th – Chelsea Handler
Chelsea Joy Handler – Comedian and Writer, born in the United States on February 25, 1975.
Chelsea is a place name that also means, “limestone”. Most popular here in the early 90’s.

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Levi Stauss Feb 26th

February 26th – Levi Stauss
Löb Strauß – Buisnesman, born in Germany on February 26, 1829.
Levi sounds like a cowboy and a pair of jeans to me – both good associations,by the way.  Levi is a Hebrew name, meaning “joined’ that has been rising in popularity.

February 27th – Joanne Woodward
Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward – Actor, born in the United States on February 27, 1930.
A French form of Joanna or Joan, Joanne means “God is gracious”. A familar name though it’s no longer in the top 1,000.

February 28th – Gilbert Gottfried
Gilbert Gottfried – Actor and Comedian, born in the United States on February 28, 1955.
This is where I must give an obligatory shout-out to my beloved fictional character, Gilbert BlytheI can’t seem to resist bringing up Anne of Green Gables whenever humanly possible.  Gilbert is a German name, meaning “shinning pledge”.

Love to all the February babies ❤
~Meagan

Famous January Birthdays!

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A month full of birthdays, a month full of names!

From Elvis to Oprah – see what Celebrities were born in the month of January!

January 1st – Meryl Davis
Meryl Elizabeth Davis – Olympic Ice Dancer, born in the United States on January 1, 1987.
Meryl is a variant of the Celtic name Muriel, meaning “of the sea”. Legendary actress Meryl Streep (born Mary Louise) also shares this name.

January 2nd – Taye Diggs
Scott Leo Diggs “Taye” – Actor, born in the United States on January 2, 1971.
Digg’s nickname “Scotty” playfully evolved to “Scott-tay”, and was eventually shortened by friends to “Taye”, which stuck. Scott is a crisp, English name, meaning “from Scotland”.

J.R.R. Tolkien January 3rd

J.R.R. Tolkien
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January 3rd – J.R.R. Tolkien
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien – Author, born in England on January 3, 1892.
One name to rule them all? Tolkien definitely used some beautiful and memorable names in his works.  His own name, John, is quite familiar. John is a classic Hebrew name, meaning “God is gracious”.

January 4th – Dot Jones
Dorothy-Marie Jones “Dot” – Actor, born in the United States on January 4, 1964.
The name Dorothy always makes me think of the gorgeous Judy Garland trying to make  her way home from Oz.  Dorothy stems from the Greek name, Dorothea, meaning “gift of God”.  Currently #808 in the U.S., Dorothy has actually risen 123 spots in the past 2 years!

January 5th – Deepika Padukone
Deepika Padukone – Actor and Model, born in India on January 5, 1986.
Deepika is a Hindi name, pronounced dee-pi-ka. Unisex, though more commonly given to girls, Deepika means “little light”.

January 6th – Rowan Atkinson
Rowan Sebastian Atkinson – Actor, born in England on January 6, 1955.
A name ahead of the trend, I predict we’ll see more little Rowan’s and Sebastian’s in the years to come. Rowan is an Irish and Scottish unisex name, meaning “little redhead”.

Katie Couric January 7th

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January 7th – Katie Couric
Katherine Anne Couric “Katie” – Journalist born in the United States on January 7, 1957.
The 1950’s brought many Katie’s and Kathy’s into the world.  Katherine is a classic name, Greek in origin, meaning “pure”. I love many international variations of Katherine.

January 8th – Elvis Presley
Elvis Aaron Presley – Singer, born in the United States on January 8, 1935.
A memorable name fitting for the iconic performer. The meaning of the name Elvis is unknown, possibly coming from the Norse name”Alvis”. I’ve noticed the name Presley pop up quite a bit recently on name forums and blogs.

January 9th – Nina Dobrev
Nikolina Konstantinova Dobreva – Actress, born in Bulgaria on January 9, 1989.
What a name! Nikolina is such a cool alternative or way to honor a Nicole.  Most popular in Croatia, Nikolina is a form of Nicholas, and definitely worthy of a Princess!

January 10th – Rod Stewart
Roderick David Stewart – Singer-Songwriter, born in England on January 10, 1945.
Rod has a cool, rockstar sound.  I’d love to see the name Roderick used more.  A German name, meaning “famous ruler”, less than 200 boys were given the name Roderick last year in the U.S.

Cody Simpson January 11th

Cody Simpson
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January 11th – Cody Simpson
Cody Robert Simpson – Singer, born in Australia on January 11, 1997.
Cody is an English name that may mean “pillow” or “helpful”.  I think the next generation of Cody’s will actually be Dakota or Takoda’s using Cody as a nickname.

January 12th – Jack London
John Griffith Chaney – Writer, born in the United States on January 12, 1876.
Griffith sure makes for a cool middle name! Jack began as a nickname for John, meaning “God is gracious”.  Jack works on it’s own as a given name, and is quite popular at #40 in the U.S.

January 13th – Orlando Bloom
Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Bloom – Actor, born in England on January 13, 1977.
It probably doesn’t surprise you that I love the surname Bloom! Perfect for a flower lover! Orlando is an Italian variation of the name Roland, meaning “famous throughout the land”.

January 14th – Frankie Sandford
Francesca Sandford “Frankie” – Singer, born in England on January 14, 1989.
An Italian and romantic form of Frances, Francesca means, “from France, or free man”.  I always thought Francesca had a grand, regal sound.  Nicknames like Frankie, Francie, or Franny give this name a spunky edge.

Dove Cameron January 15th

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January 15th – Dove Cameron
Chloe Celeste Hosterman – name changed to Dove Olivia Cameron – Actor, born in the United States on January 15, 1996.
I’m always curious about actors who use stage names and how their name was selected.  Dove is definitely a sweet and memorable name often associated with peace.

January 16th – Aaliyah
Aaliyah Dana Haughton – Singer, born in the United States on January 16, 1979.
Aaliyah is a spelling variation of an Arabic name, meaning “highborn”.  At #36 in the U.S. this name is always more popular than I expect it to be.

January 17th – Zooey Deschanel
Zooey Claire Deschanel – Actor, born in the United States on January 17, 1980.
Zooey was named after a male character in J.D. Salinger’s Franny and Zooey. Zoey or Zoe is a popular Greek name, meaning “life”.

January 18th – Cary Grant
Archibald Alexander Leach – stage name Cary Grant – Actor, born in the United States January 18, 1904.
I love the names Cary and Grant.  Archibald is a name that has dwindled in popularity since Grant’s birth.  I see many name nerds mentioning this grand Teutonic name.  Archibald means “truly brave”, such a wonderful meaning!

Dolly Parton January 19th

Dolly Parton
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January 19th – Dolly Parton
Dolly Rebecca Parton – Singer-Songwriter, born in the United States on January 19, 1946.
The perfect name for this distinctive musician. Dolly is a diminutive of the name Dorothy, meaning “gift of God”. Rebecca Romijn is such a fan of Parton that she named one of her twin girls Dolly Rebecca Rose. I have to mention that Romijn’s other daughter is Charlie Tamara Tulip, because not only are twin names fascinating, but the use of Tulip excites me!

January 20th – Bonnie McKee
Bonnie Leigh McKee – Singer, born in the United States on January 20, 1984.
Bonnie is a sweet little Scottish name, meaning “beautiful”.  I’d love to see the name Bonnie comeback into fashion.  Bonnie would fit right in with sweet vintage girls names that have been climbing the charts.

January 21st – Toby McDonough
Toby McDonough – Singer, born in the United States on January 21, 1998.
Toby is a diminutive of the name Tobias, meaning “God is good”.  I love the idea of Toby as a nickname for Tobin. It could also work as a nickname for Tobiah.

January 22nd – Piper Laurie
Rosetta Jacobs – stage name Piper Laurie – Actor, born in the United States on January 22, 1932.
I don’t know what’s more interesting, the name Rosetta, or seeing Piper on a woman in 80’s! Rosetta is a rarley used Persian name meaning “splendid”.  It’s also used as a nickname for Rosa. Piper is a rising occupational name meaning “pipe or flute player”.

Mariska Hargitay January 23rd

Mariska Hargitay
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January 23rd – Mariska Hargitay
Mariska Magdolna Hargitay – Actor, born in the United States on January 23, 1964.
A beautiful actress with a very cool name! Mariska is a Hungarian name that comes from Maris.  I love the meaning of Mariska, “of the sea”.

January 24th – Neil Diamond
Neil Leslie Diamond – Singer-songwriter, born in the United States on January 24, 1941.
Neil is an Irish name, meaning “cloud”.  There are many notable men with the name Neil, a few of which include Neil Young, Neil Armstrong, and Neil Patrick Harris.

January 25th – Calum Hood
Calum Thomas Hood – Singer, born in Australia on January 25, 1996.
Calum, more commonly spelled Callum in the U.S., is a great Scottish name, meaning “dove”. A great, underused name that lends itself to the nickname “Cal”.

January 26th – Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen Lee DeGeneres – Comedian, born in the United States on January 26, 1958.
An English variation of Helen, Ellen has the lovely meaning “bright, shinning one”.  Now that a generation of Ellen’s are becoming grandmother’s, I could definitely see this name rise again in popularity.  It also lends it’s to the popular nickname, “Ellie”.

Mozart January 27th

Mozart
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January 27th – Mozart
Baptized Johannes Chrysostomus Wolfgangus Theophilus Mozart – Mozart went by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Composer, born in what is now known as Austria, on January 27, 1756.
So many fascinating names to pour over! Wolfgang is one of my favorite guilty pleasure names (usable, but too brave for me to personally use). Wolfgang is a powerful German name, meaning “traveling wolf”.

January 28th – Elijah Wood
Elijah Jordan Wood – Actor, born in the United States on January 28, 1981.
At #11 in popularity, Elijah is definitely a popular name right now in the U.S. Hebrew meaning “Jehovah increases”, I definitely see the appeal of this vowel-rich Biblical name.  A similar name that’s on my favorites list is Elias.

January 29th – Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Gail Winfrey – Actor, Author, Host, born in the United States on January 29, 1954.
Oprah was actually named for the Biblical character “Orpah”, but her name was misspelled on her birth certificate and the mistake stuck. Orpah is a Hebrew name, meaning “fawn”.  It’s hard to imagine Oprah with any other name.

Vanessa Redgrave January 30th

Vanessa Redgrave
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January 30th – Vanessa Redgrave
Vanessa Redgrave – Actor, born in England on January 30, 1937.
Still quite readily used, Vanessa is currently #150 in popularity in the U.S.  Vanessa is a literary name created by author Jonathan Swift. I love that Vanessa is also the name of a species of butterfly.

January 31st – Nolan Ryan
Lynn Nolan Ryan Jr. “Nolan” – Major League Baseball player, born in the United States on January 31, 1947.
Nolan is a cool Irish name, meaning “champion”.  Great meaning for an athlete! Nolan is currently on the rise in the U.S. and could work as an alternative to the more popular name, Noah.

Happy Birthday January Babies!
~Meagan

Famous December Birthdays!

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A month full of birthdays, a month full of names!

December 1st – Bette Midler
Bette Midler – Singer, born in the United States on December 1, 1945.
Bette is a spunky diminutive of the name Elizabeth, meaning “pledged to God”. Bette has a bit of a fun, hipster, vintage vibe.

Lucy Liu born December 2, 1968

Lucy Liu
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December 2nd – Lucy Liu
Lucy Alexis Liu – Actor, born in the United States on December 2, 1968.
Lucy is an English name, meaning “light”. Currently #66 for girls in the U.S., I definitely think this sweet, timeless name will continue to rise in popularity.

December 3rd – Ozzy Osbourne
John Michael Osbourne – Musician, born in England on December 3, 1948.
Ozzy is usually a nickname for names such as Osmund, or in this case, Osbourne. Ozzy’s stage name is much less common than his given name, John. John is Hebrew meaning, “God is gracious”. At #27 in the U.S., John is the epitome of a classic name.

December 4th – Jeff Bridges
Jeffrey Leon Bridges – Actor, born in the United States on December 4, 1949.
I’m jealous of Jeff Bridges’ surname. Seriously, how cool is Bridges? Jeffrey means “pledge of peace”.

Walt Disney born December 5, 1901

Walt Disney
December 5, 1901

December 5th – Walt Disney
Walter Elias Disney – Co-Founder of the Walt Disney Company, born in the United States on December 5, 1901.
I adore the name Elias, but I think Walter has an old-fashioned charm as well. Walter is a German name meaning, “army ruler”.

December 6th – Alberto Contador
Alberto Contador Velasco – Cyclist, born in Spain on December 6, 1982.
I always wish I had a beautiful Spanish accent when I see name name like Alberto. Alberto is a form of the name Albert, meaning “bright and noble”.

December 7th – Emily Browning
Emily Jane Browning – Actress/Singer, born in Australia on December 7, 1988.
Emily has been in the top 10 in the U.S. since 2001. I definitely see the appeal of this timeless classic. Emily is a form of the name Emil, meaning “rival”.

Mary, Queen of Scots December 8, 1542

Mary, Queen of Scots
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December 8th – Mary, Queen of Scots
Mary Stuart – Royalty, born in Scotland on December 8, 1542.
Mary is the first name that comes to my mind when I think of a classic girls name. A Hebrew name, meaning “bitter”, many great names are derived from this timeless beauty.

December 9th – Judi Dench
Dame Judith Olivia Dench – Actor, born in England on December 9, 1934.
I think Judi/Judy is precious, I’d love to see this name used more! Judith is a Hebrew name, meaning “woman of Judea”. Barely in the top 1,000, Judith is currently #996 in the U.S.

December 10th – Kenneth Branagh
Sir Kenneth Charles Branagh – Actor/Director, born in Ireland on December 10, 1960.
Kenneth is an anglicized Gaelic name, meaning “handsome”. A handsome choice for a man of any age. Kenneth is #187 in the U.S.

December 11th – Max Born
Max Born – Scientist, born in Germany on December 11, 1882.
Max is a great little name that fittingly means “greatest”. A diminutive of names like Maximilian and Maxwell, Max holds its own as a given name at spot #111.

Mayim Bialik born December 12, 1975

Mayim Bialik
December 12, 1975

December 12th – Mayim Bialik
Mayim Hoya Bialik – Actor, born in the United States on December 12, 1975.
Mayim is such a cool name and great alternative to the more popular Maya. A Hebrew name meaning, “water”, I’d love to see this name used more.

December 13th – Taylor Swift
Taylor Alison Swift – Singer, born in the United States on December 13, 1989.
A unisex name, Taylor took off in popularity for girls in the 1990’s. Taylor is an English occupational name for a “tailor”.

December 14th – Patty Duke
Ann Marie Duke – Actor, born in the United States on December 14, 1946.
Ann, like John and Mary, falls into the category of a classic name. English, meaning “grace”, Ann is seen more frequently now as a middle name.

December 15th – Stuart Townsend
Stuart Peter Townsend – Actor, born in Ireland on December 15, 1972.
Stuart is an old occupational name and surname, meaning “steward” or “guard”. Stuart hasn’t been in the U.S. top 1,000 since 2003.

Theo James born December 16, 1984

Theo James
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December 16th – Theo James
Theodore Peter James Kinnaird Taptiklis – Actor, born in England on December 16, 1984.
What a name! Theodore is a Greek name, meaning “gift of God”. Theodore is currently # 170 in the U.S. while Theo on its own is #666.

December 17th – Manny Pacquiao
Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao – Boxer, born in the Philippines on December 17, 1978.
Emmanuel is a great name for a baby born around Christmas. A Hebrew name meaning “God is with us”, Emmanuel is used in many Christmas songs.

December 18th – Betty Grable
Elizabeth Ruth Grable – Actor, born in the United States on December 18, 1916.
Another classic to add to the list. Elizabeth is a Hebrew name meaning, “pledged to God”. Currently #10 in popularity, Elizabeth has never been lower than #26 since names have been recorded in the U.S.

Tyson Beckford born December 19, 1970

Tyson Beckford
December 19, 1970

December 19th – Tyson Beckford
Tyson Beckford – Model, born in the United States on December 19, 1970.
Tyson is an English name with the cool meaning, “firebrand”. Currently #269 in popularity, Tyson could work as an alternative to Tyler.

December 20th – Jonah Hill
Jonah Hill Feldstein – Actor, born in the United States on December 20, 1983.
I love the meaning of Jonah, which is “dove”. A Hebrew name that might remind you of the story of the whale, Jonah is currently #135 in the U.S.

December 21st – Jane Fonda
Lady Jayne Seymour Fonda – Actor/Activist, born in the United States on December 21, 1937.
Jane was named for the third wife of Henry VIII. I’ve always liked this name and disliked the “plain Jane” association. Jane is an English name meaning, “God’s gracious gift”.

Vanessa Paradis born December 22, 1972

Vanessa Paradis
December 22, 1972

December 22nd – Vanessa Paradis
Vanessa Chantal Paradis – Singer/Actor, born in France on December 22, 1972.
Vanessa is a literary name invented by Jonathan Swift. I love that Vanessa is also a species of butterfly.

December 23rd – Trisha Goddard
Patricia Goddard – TV host, born in England on December 23, 1957.
Patricia is a Latin name meaning “noble or patrician”. There are many nicknames for Patricia, Trisha being one of them.

December 24th – Stephanie Meyer
Stephanie Morgan Meyer – Writer, born in the United States on December 24, 1973.
Stephanie was a popular name in the 1980’s. A Greek name meaning, “crown”, Stephanie is still fairly popular at #195.

Humphrey Bogart born December 25, 1899

Humphrey Bogart
December 25, 1899

December 25th – Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey DeForest Bogart – Actor, born in the United States, on December 25, 1899.
A Christmas baby! Bogart is high on my list of future dog names. Humphrey is a German name meaning, “peaceful warrior”.

December 26th – Jared Leto
Jared Leto – Actor/Musician, born in the United States, on December 26, 1971.
Jared Leto will forever be Jordan Catalano to me. Jared is a Hebrew name that was most popular in the 1980’s, meaning “he descends”.

December 27th – Salman Khan
Abdul Rashid Salim Salman Khan – Actor, born in India, on December 27, 1965.
Salman is an Arabic name, meaning “to be safe”. Rare in the U.S., Salman has never been in the top 1,000.

December 28th – Seth Meyers
Seth Adam Meyers – Comedian, born in the United States, on December 28, 1973.
Seth is a one syllable Hebrew name, meaning “placed or appointed”. The name of many other funny men as well, such as Seth MacFarlane and Seth Rogen.

Jude Law December 29, 1972

Jude Law
December 29, 1972

December 29th – Jude Law
David Jude Heyworth Law – Actor, born in England on December 29, 1972.
Hey, Jude, I love the name Jude! But let’s look at the name David. David is a Hebrew name, meaning “beloved” that has never been lower than #32 in the U.S. Quite a timeless name.

December 30th – Ellie Goulding
Elena Jane Goulding – Singer, born in England on December 30, 1986.
Elena is a Spanish form of the name Helen, meaning “bright and shining one”. Elena has been been used in lots of TV shows and movies the past five years.

December 31st – Gabby Douglas
Gabrielle Christina Victoria Douglas – Olympic Gymnast, born in the United States on December 31, 1995.
Gabrielle shares her name with the famous designer Coco Chanel. A French name, Gabrielle means “God is my strength”.

Happy Birthday December babies!
~Meagan